Chicago Colleges: Gary Decsare

DeCesare: Illini should have hired Smith

March, 28, 2012
Former DePaul assistant coach Gary DeCesare said Wednesday he believes Illinois made a mistake by not going after Simeon’s Robert Smith for its head-coaching vacancy.

Smith was contacted early in the Illini’s search, but he was never formally interviewed for the position. The Illini are reportedly close to hiring Ohio coach John Groce.

Smith has won five state titles in eight years at Simeon and has coached NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Jabari Parker, the nation’s No. 1 junior.

DeCesare spent four years as DePaul’s associate head coach and was an assistant at Richmond for three years. He’s been the head coach at St. Rita High School in Chicago for the past three years.

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